Download scientific diagram | Score extract from Gyorgy Ligeti’s Devil’s Staircase, representing the TSU Endless trajectory. Reprinted with kind permission of. A really interesting point that I absolutely love about this piece is the fact that there is almost always an upwards movement, trying to escape. So this week I decided to study “The Devil’s Staircase”, by Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Ligeti. The piece is heavily technically difficult as well.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. All in all, I got a lot out of studying this piece — I really enjoyed the musical metaphors that were used in this piece, and I found this piece thoroughly entertaining for this very reason.

Ligeti was a piano player, this is clear from some of the incredible dexterities required of the piano player. Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Email required Address liigeti made public. This includes many moments of crossing over the hands, and large leaps and spans.

After over two minutes of constant pulse and movement, flowing upwards, and over 20 seconds playing the highest notes on the piano at very high dynamic levels, there is a sudden shift to ddevil very long and slow bass end chord sequence.

The piece, thus far, seem to lean towards this point, and one might expect a climax, but in bar 18, the consistency of texture, and pitch material drop instantly — much the same as bar stave 3.

Études (Ligeti)

To find staircaae more, including how to control cookies, see here: Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and others composed piano etudes that concentrated on specific intervals e. It was with the piano collection Musica ricercata that the Hungarian composer laid the foundations of an individual musical language in the early s.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. As the piece goes on, the ascending sections reach higher and higher closer and closer out of hell?

It also demonstrates the composers interest in American minimal staircaase. Again, the imagery this conjures is that the journey begins again — the fleeing soul has made it half way, and has now been thwarted, and must again begin its journey. You are dwvil using your Twitter account.

The Piece ascends and ascends to the extreme upper pitches of liigeti piano. Often they are not full lines either, but dashed lines very often in the middle of the page, as that seems to be the only consistent place they are. Leave a Reply Cancel devi Enter your comment here Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: It liegti not only the greatest possible hand control but also an infallible sense of tone colour as well as extraordinary powers of perception.

In addition to a video recording of each work, the interactive scores include introductions and performing suggestions as well as film sequences from masterclasses and previously unpublished remarks and explanations from the composer.

Here, each of the pianist’s hands seems to be moving in a different space. You are commenting using your WordPress. The way the piece is actually divided is into large bars of 36 beats, which are then further divided into 3 bars, but this division is asymetrical. Here the composer restricts his musical material staigcase with the exception of the final bars — to a single note: For me, the images created within this piece, are generated by the use of the initial leaps of 2 octaves and a 6th — perfectly imitating the physically disjunctive motion of walking up the stairs.


Makes sense to me. We intend to keep a ddevil of our study, thinking and compositional projects to document our work, show the world outside what we do and invite comment. In stave 3, the bass takes on the role of being a percussive driving force.

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Usually virtuosic pieces do not particularly enthrall me, as I usually find that there is not a lot of musical content or meaning behind them. There is a very consistent and constant pulse shaircase the piece, other than three moments of incredible mood change.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: The piece is heavily technically difficult as well as heavily metaphorical. This is until there is a sudden and unexpected mood change. This site uses cookies. I remember having the same P. Haydn — Symphony No. The opening piece of Musica ricercata shows in a very palpable way the creative forces that a radical self-limitation can unleash. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Email required Address never made public. In his second etude Ligeti follows this tradition by using the interval of a fifth. The piece continues in this way — ascending for vast periods of musical time, then returning down again, instantaneously.